Saturday, 10 August 2013

Time to Reflect.

The sun was already low in the west when I closed the door on the farm accounts, escaping to stretch my legs and breathe some fresh air.  The dog leaped out from under the house, tail wagging. He finds book work boring too! 


A kookaburra kept one eye on us as we passed him by,
 but his gaze was out to the distance.


Down the hill we went at a spritely pace towards the dam
 surrounded by gum trees.


Cobba  frightened a pair of ducks and they took off  in an excited flap to circle above us. Tiny flying insects and water boatmen, and the plop of a water dragon launching from the bank, were all that remained.  


Clouds reflected in the rippled water



                               Cobba waited for me ~  not so patiently!



Gum leaves wafted in the breeze as I trudged up the hill.



There's always something to catch your eye 
(and let you get your breath back!) on the way up.



The sun was setting as I reached home, lovely soft soothing colours.
  I fed the dog, brought in some wood, 
and headed inside without another thought.

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As I am about to publish this post I am sitting with a heat pack on my lower back, having done too much in the garden yesterday.  My back is now suffering the consequences.  

It has made me think about just how much I take for granted every day ...... being able to go for a walk, bend down to pick up a feather, reach up to study leaves on a tree....things that you don't think about until you can't do them. For me it is just temporary, but others are not so lucky.  I hope that I will appreciate these things just a little more now.  

How about you?






32 comments:

  1. Good point, Jane... one can never take health for granted. Lovely post! Beautiful images.

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    1. Thanks Liz, and I know that you speak from experience. Lovely of you to drop by :)

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  2. Gorgeous photos Jane (as always).
    Hope your back improves quickly - it's so frustrating to be out of action.

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    1. Thanks so much Tess! Yes it is frustrating, but I'm sure I'll be better quick smart. I have to be as my daughter is expecting her second baby very soon, so I need to be healthy for baby sitting duty!

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  3. Beautiful photos of a lovely walk. I love the ripples and reflections in the water.

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    1. I love them too Wendy, and thank you so much for your lovely words.

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  4. stunning photos Jane, i just love your blog. I agree we do take things for granted sometimes. I hope your back is on the mend real soon.

    Gill x

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    1. Hi Gill, I'm on the mend with every minute that passes, and thank you so much for caring. Bye for now and thanks Jane x

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  5. Hi Jane,
    I so enjoyed looking at the wonderful photos of the beautiful place you live in. I often think mild ailments give us useful pause for thought and reflection- I always feel more grateful for good health after it's been a teeny weeny bit threatened. CT :-)

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    1. Perfect reply I must say! I couldn't agree more...and thank you so much for your lovely words:)

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  6. Beautiful images of a wonderful nature. Love to see a kokaburra and your dog. Sheepdogs are full of energy when I go on a walk with Snarf he is sometimes jumping on me while I take photos. Hope you are feeling better by now.

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    1. Thank you so much Janneke, I am feeling a bit better now, though not ready for gardening yet. Not easy to take photos with a dog jumping up at you! You do a surprisingly good job :))

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  7. Dear, I know exactly what putting ones back out feels like, done it often and it takes me about three days to get over it! Gardening is often the cause, but recently it occurred when shaving my legs in the tub, heck what else can go wrong!!! Get well soon - especially in time for lifting the new baby soon!
    At present I'm also feeling lousy with a flare-up of PMR (see my last post) and hoping to get it sorted regarding medication dosage. As you say, we take good health for granted until it throws us a curve!

    Meanwhile, thank you for sharing more beautiful images of the scenery around your home - lovely water and sky shots, and the kookaburra shot is great - I recall how noisy they were in the trees when I was visiting the countryside near Brisbane, and I could never get a good shot of them as they seemed to flutter about on the branches.

    Hope this week finds you feeling great again.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary, I hope you are feeling better too. You have so many things to do and places to see and blog about don't you! Glad you enjoyed the kookaburra :) bye for now Jane

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  8. Lovely photos - you do live in a wonderful place - thanks for taking us on your walk. I hope the old back resumes normal service soon.

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    1. Getting better day by day thank you Elaine :) Hope you'll join me for another walk real soon!

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  9. Beautiful share Jane. What a fantastic view on your walk. To see that beautiful little Kokaburra made my day .:)

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    1. Kookaburra's are cheerful chappies, and so glad you enjoyed this one Willow! Haven't forgotten your Black Cockatoos. Just need to get it all together. Will do eventually :)

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  10. Thank you for finding me and introducing me to your blog. I'm glad that Catherine and Tasha inspired you to continue your blog. Your photos are wonderful. You live in a fantastic location and I shall looking forward to seeing more of it through your pictures in the future.
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah. I couldn't agree with you more, I look forward to following along with you too:)

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    1. Thanks Bushie! Come to think of it, perhaps the kookaburra was gazing up north to your stomping ground :)

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  12. ouch, yes that lower back issue is mighty uncomfortable to deal with. Take care! Me too, I really appreciate being able to get out 'and about' and I try not to take it for granted

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    1. I'm definitely taking care thank you Carole, and every day there is improvement. Like you, I love to get out and about, and I love to see your wonderful bird photos.

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  13. I think I am getting old. I can't do what I used to do even two years ago. Letting go of things is not easy. But it's life. Hello Jane!

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    1. Ha Zsuzsa! I think you're pretty right there ~ we do not like to admit to getting older do we! Maybe I need to learn to pace myself a bit better, steady as she goes and all that :)

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  14. Hi there - thanks for the follow on my photo-blog. If you have time you may also enjoy my "wordy" blog - which as the name suggests has more words than pictures.

    You live in a great looking part of Australia - and one that I have yet to visit. I may have to ask for advice.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: just spent best part of six weeks getting over a cracked bone in amy ankle - over doing it can be a real pain!

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    1. Hi Stewart, good to see you! Hope your ankle gets better real soon:) Look forward to sharing different parts of Australia. Bye for now Jane

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  15. Hello Jane, This post is outstanding. I love your photography. You have an eye for nature and find beauty in everything around you. I love the reflections in the water and the bark on the tree. Your photos could double your continent's tourist trade, they are so amazing.

    Thanks for the sweet visit, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. There is a magic that happens when I tie an apron around my waist that says this is going to be a great meal. It's a Betty Crocker thing, LOL I'm happy to hear that you also wear an apron and that I'm not the only one :)
    Butchy has bounced back so fast, that he has even surprised his Vets.

    I imagine that you are looking forward to spring and gardening. It will be wonderful visiting this winter when we are covered in snow and chili temperatures. That's when I'll be enjoying your flowers again :)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  16. Dear Connie ~ thank you so much for your lovely words. Your visits always make me feel good! The best thing about aprons is being able to pop everything but the kitchen sink into the pocket & know you'll find it again! Lovely sharing with you from the other side of the ocean and so glad that Butchy is going so well. Bye for now Jane x

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